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How to save torn bag handles

how to save torn bag handles and give it a new look with ribbon Have you ever had your PU leather bag handles tear on you? If the rest of the bag is still intact, it’d feel like such a waste to toss it!

This happened to me recently and I decided to try my best to save the handles and give it a new look! All this just with some ribbon lying around!

Here’s how:

How to save torn PU leather bag handles with ribbon tutorial

  1. Use double-sided tape or glue to stick one end of the ribbon to the start of the handle and go around it a few times.
  2. Bring the ribbon around the handle (over and then under) and pull tight to form a knot.
  3. Repeat down the entire bag strap, keeping each knot close.
  4. At the end, tie a double knot with the remaining ribbon. Stuff it under more ribbon loops and knot it till it’s happy and secure.
  5. Cut off the remaining ribbon after the knot and use nail varnish to prevent the end from fraying.

Voila! You have yourself new bag handles!

turn torn PU leather bag handles into brand new with ribbon

Feel free to use ribbon of the same colour as the bag or even neon ribbon to add some fun to it. I used black to keep the style classic (and because I only had black ribbon lying around). Enjoy! :)

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  1. Efthymia says:

    Well, you may consider yourself my savior. I was about to give some 50 euros (about $63) to repair to of my handbags. I can’t even thank you enough for this post!

  2. Michele says: (Author)

    You’re very welcome Efthymia! Glad you found it useful! :)

  3. amy says:

    oh cool it’s a blanket stitch with ribbon! and i see you even knotted it on the outside so it won’t be biting into your shoulders when you carry it! (easier to knot on the outside too of course) let me know when you find a cure for flaking leather straps though, cos i have a bag like that which i’m still not willing to throw :(

    • Michele says: (Author)

      Hihi! You could do the same thing for your leather straps! Or alternatively get new genuine leather straps and have them replaced? Believe it wouldn’t be too expensive in China? :)

  4. Barb says:

    How do you know how long of a ribbon to have to cover each handle? Thanks for the tip..you’ve just saved my favorite handbag!!!

    • Michele says: (Author)

      Hi Barb! Glad this helped you :) The length depends on how closely you knot the ribbon with each tier, the length of your bag handle, etc.

      You could potentially take a measuring tape or spare ribbon/ material that’s similar in width and wrap it round the handle a few times to cover one section. Multiply this length needed by the number of sections needed to cover the entire handle and multiply it again by 2 to give enough space for the knot and add some excess for the start and finish wrapping.

      Alternatively, you could buy a couple yards of ribbon and just keep going without cutting the ribbon until you’re done. The additional ribbon can be kept for future projects! :)

  5. Krishna says:

    Hi!
    This was just what my handbag needed! I did this for my bowler handbag. The handle length was maybe almost twice the length than the handles on the bag in the tutorial and for those going out to buy ribbon especially for this project, I used 4.5m! I also sewed the ends into the handle to make sure it wouldn’t unravel and finished it with some ribbon bows and sewed on some beads from a broken bracelet.

    Thanks for the idea!
    Krishna
    xxx

  6. Leslie says:

    Totally stealing this idea! Fantastic. I have 3 bags to fix :)

  7. stephanne says:

    That’s too clever! I need to do this

  8. Sjacques says:

    Thanks for such a great idea! My black leather bag is saved! Loved my bag all over again!

  9. handbags says:

    hmmm very intersting thanks for the tips

  10. Vincent says:

    These purse handles are beautiful.

  11. aetiquette says:

    Wow.. am seriously blown away at the simplicity of the cure. Do you have any ideas to fix flaking parts elsewhere on the bag? And also change the Color of faux leather bag which can’t be cleaned any which way. Thanks a ton.

  12. Sofia says:

    Thank you very much!! you saved my favarate purse. Very creave, simple and affordable.

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